Graffiti Artist Banksy’s Mural Covered In Black
As one of the most successful graffiti artists of all time, Robert Banksy‘s mural was covered in black by accident by a group of workers in East London. According to BBC News a team of painters from Hackney Council painted over the artwork after not getting a response from a private owner whom didn’t respond to a notice that was sent to an address that was 25-years outdated.
Property owner Sofie Attrill told BBC, “The workmen were smiling as they did it – they thought it was funny… I just burst into tears. But a crowd gathered and we managed to get them to stop before destroying it completely.”
The mural was painted on the wall in 2003 after rock band Blur received consent from Attrill to get the art painted on the side of her building. The band used it as cover art for their single, “Crazy Beat.” The site had become a tourist destination for people from all over the world.
Nevertheless, the image was a spoof of the Royal Family, mirrored on the side of the building in Stoke Newington, E. London. Hackney Council plans to resolve the issue.
If you’re not familiar with the artist, here’s a quick historical recap: